In this 5 Questions interview, art historian Sara Blaylock discusses experimental practices in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) during the 1980s within a global context. She considers the ways in which the national culture of state socialism informed experimental practices and vice versa. Particular emphasis is given to performance and feminism, two areas that Blaylock feels need further attention in writing of histories of art produced in the GDR. Blaylock’s scholarship is motivated by the idea that “art and visual culture [are] not only a lens but a driver of social and political change.”
Eda Čufer, art historian and member of the art collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK), sheds light on the challenges in negotiating between canonical art histories and local specificities in Eastern Europe, specifically in the countries of former Yugoslavia.
Art historian April Eisman looks at art produced in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) from the context of multiple canons.
Art historian Anthony Gardner reminds us to think of art historical categories as broad and flexible, and identifies exhibition histories in the former Yugoslavia, as a rich area of interest.